The Pirates are paying Lee Mazzilli $600,000, Sixto Lezcano $625,000, Jason Thompson $800,000, Johnny Le-Master $500,000 and Steve Kemp $1,200,000 not to play.
HALL OF FAME FOOTNOTE
In his 158 games from the All-Star break of 1985 to the All-Star break of 1986, Mike Schmidt batted .300 with 41 homers and 121 RBIs. Probable reason: An adjustment in his stance that has eliminated a wiggle in his bat and helped him keep his head down.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
?"He has nothin' to do with nothin'."—Dave Winfield on the Yankees owner.
?"Let's face it, if I were 10-10 last year and not a Cy Young Award winner, I'd just be another average ballplayer right now. Actually, I would probably be in Triple A."—Bret Saberhagen, currently 6-10 with the Royals.
AN OPEN INVITATION
A woman wearing a wedding gown and veil walked through the Shea Stadium stands in the fifth inning of the Mets' 9-2 win over the Cubs on July 28 carrying a sign that read MARRY ME, LENNY. Lenny Dykstra, who already is married, saw the sign from the on-deck circle and laughed. His comment later was, "I better not say anything."
Dykstra, now playing centerfield regularly and leading off, hit .361 in June and July after batting .262 the first two months of the season.
THE ANSWER IS...TERRY MULHOLLAND
The question is, Which member of the Giants rotation of Terry Mulholland, Vida Blue, Kelly Downs, Steve Carlton and Mike LaCoss was not released by another team?